From the Rabbi’s Study: First Culture, Then Politics

It is a truism that today’s politics are riven with over-heated partisanship and rivalrous discourse in which proponents of different policy ideas go to their respective corners and, with relish, prepare for the fight that follows. Yet, behind politics is culture and the heart of culture is values. Now, the regnant cultural values that stand behind today’s politics seem to be suspicion of the other, arrogance and entrenched self-satisfaction, and a deep pessimism about the possibility of vigorous conversation within a framework of social harmony. And the battles continue, depressingly.